“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” ~ Larry Wilde
With just a few days left to finish the holiday trimmings, take a deep breath, take off the pressure, and focus on just a few special areas in your home that you can enjoy even through the New Year. I’m a big fan of being able to leave a few pieces behind, even if I’m ready to take down the Christmas tree to reclaim some space. It makes the winter blahs just a little less ‘blah’!
This morning, I scooped up a birch bark container and popped in my blooming Amaryllis bulb, which had been potted a few weeks earlier. Many of the florists and garden spots still have some of these beauties, if you’ve not had time to get one going. Notice that I’ve got a second bud coming up? Yes! More cheer after Christmas has come and gone!
Notice the extra texture at the base? All from my yard and garden! That’s right . . . I found a few cones from our white pines, snipped some evergreen pieces – like Leyland Cypress, clipped Nandina berries and leaves, and put a small branch in the center to support the growing stalk. I had previously purchased some sheet moss and I soaked it in water to brighten up the color as well as to provide a moist blanket to keep things fresh, longer. The assembly took me all of about twenty minutes, from clipping to arranging.
I snuggled in a few of my favorite Christmas books, topped with a bow and berries.
My “Papa” Santa. I love his vintage charm.
If you don’t have a garden or holiday sprigs, I’ll bet a neighbor would be happy to share!
I can’t tell you how many years I’ve had these candles. They are carefully packed away, each year, in the anticipation of their next Christmas season. Hope springs eternal. :)
Still making merry at the Horton home!